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Mile 804/Teslin Deileen Aayi
The
construction of the Alaska Highway
brought a new way of life to the Yukon's
native people. The impact on the people
of Teslin is a good example of the
benefits and drawbacks associated with
development.
Today ...
The impressive
bridge opens into the remarkable her-
itage of the Teslin Tlingit People displayed
at the museum and heritage centre
-- it's worth the stop.
Mile 883/Camp 4-E Marsh Lake Camp
Marsh Lake is part of the Yukon River
system: approximately 20 miles (32 km)
long and was named in 1883 by Lt.
Frederick Schwatka, US Army, for Yale
Professor Othniel Charles Marsh.
Mile 996/Canyon Creek
In 1942, during
construction of the Alaska Highway, the
old bridge was dismantled and a new one
built in 18 days. It has been described as
the most ambitious and important bridge
to be built by the US Army Corps of
Engineers (18th Battalion).
Today ...
still
accessible to walk across.
Mile 1016/Haines Junction
The Haines
Road is a 160 mile (257 km) link
connecting the Alaska Highway at Haines
Junction, Yukon with the seaport of
Haines, Alaska.
Today ...
the road is well
known as a scenic attraction and along
with the coastal ferries, forms a major
route through the Yukon.
Today ...
Kluane
National Park Visitor Info Centre (Haines
Junction) Spectacular Views!
Mile 1061/Soldier's Summit
Near this
site on November 20, 1942, a ribbon
cutting ceremony in 35 was held to
officially open the Alaska Canada Military
Highway. Follow the path from the parking
lot to the original signing site to see
and learn more about this ceremony.
Today ...
A very informative and scenic
interpretive walking trail. A number of
small parking areas border Kluane Lake
from here to mile 1064 (1712 km).
Mile 1083/Destruction Bay/Relay
Stations
Driving the early Alaska Highway
was difficult and often dangerous,
causing wear and tear on both man and
machine. Destruction Bay was one of the
many relay stations spaced at 100 mile
intervals to give truck drivers a break and
a chance to repair their vehicles.
Mile 1130/The Donjek River Bridge
Glacial
rivers, like the Donjek, posed a unique
problem for the builders of the Alaska
Highway. These braided mountain
streams would flood after a heavy rainfall
or rapid glacial melt, altering the water's
course and often leaving bridges crossing
dry ground.
Mile 1202/Beaver Creek/The Final Link
Near this Yukon community, American
soldiers encountered extensive per-
mafrost. When builders scraped off the
insulating layer of overburden, they
transformed the permafrost into an ice-
bottomed mud bog. On October 28,
1942, the 97th Engineers met the 18th
Engineers here, forming a continuous
link between Dawson Creek, BC and
Fairbanks, Alaska.
Haines Road Mile 48
The road
constructed by the US Public Roads
Administration between Haines Junction,
Yukon and Haines, Alaska was a
challenge to build and to drive. The
narrow roadway and hairpin turns wound
through a mountain pass infamous for
severe storms. Various measures were
taken to make the road travel-safe,
including five staffed checkpoints along
the road.
Mile 1271/The Alaska Skyway
Alaskan
airfields, like the Northway strip a few
miles from here, played a significant role
in the development of the Alaska
Highway.
Mile 1376/"The Crooked Road"
The road
builders were under pressure to finish
the road "with all the physical capacity of
the troops".
Mile 1420/Delta Junction
Located at the
junction point of the Richardson Highway
connecting Valdez with Fairbanks,
Delta Junction was established as a
highway construction camp in 1918. The
Richardson Highway was established as a
wagon road in 1920. Delta Junction is
the official end of the Alaska Highway.
Today ...
take a photo at the end of the
Alaska Highway at the Visitor Centre.
Mile 1523/Fairbanks
Fairbanks is located
approximately 1,488 miles (2,394 km)
north of Mile `0' of the Alaska Highway,
Dawson Creek, BC and served as an
important air base during World War II.
Today ...
Land of the midnight sun and
gold rush fever.
Signpost Forest, Watson Lake